The successful computer game company CCP is seriously considering moving its operation from Iceland and authorities on the Isle of Man (United Kingdom) and in Canada have shown great interest in the company. In an interview with the director of CCP, Hilmar Veigar Pétursson, in the new edition of computer magazine Tölvuheimu, says CCP is considering moving because of the high strength of the króna and the incentives which many foreign governments offer software and computer companies.
CCP already has an offer from the Isle of Man, and Canadian authorities have also shown great interest. CCP is currently Iceland’s largest exporter of software. Its turnover last year was ISK 549 million and they are forecasting ISK 1 billion over the next 12 months. CCP operates the online game EVE online.
“The Canadians are actively trying to build up a strong computer gaming industry and look at that region as at the forefront of the software industry today”, says Pétursson. Canadian authorities offer tax incentives and payback of research and development costs, and even free housing.